Best Make-up Brushes

Whether you’re looking for a cheap brush kit that won’t break the bank, or you want a professional-worthy set, these are three of my top picks.

There are brushes designed for contouring, blending-out eyeshadows, and buffing your way to flawless foundation, including plenty from the likes of Spectrum, Zoeva and Real Techniques.

Best for beginners €22.99

Real Techniques Everyday Essentials contains four of the handiest makeup brushes around. 

There’s a rounded fluffy brush, which works a treat for powders and bronzers. A eyeshadow crease brush, a small fluffy brush for highlighting, blusher or baking and finally, a dome-shaped buffing brush, which works perfectly for blending out foundation. 

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a Real Techniques blending sponge in the kit as well. 

Best for Enthusiasts

Zoeva Classic Eye Brush Set €45.00

If you’re all about the eyes, Zoeva’s Classic Eye Brush Set, deserves a spot on your dressing table. The six-piece set has a selection of the highest quality eyeshadow brushes and each one is super useful for crafting your way to flawless eye makeup.

There’s your standard shadow brush to start; good for applying colour and a bit of basic blending, and a big fluffy blending brush for diffusing any harsh eyeshadow lines. The pointed pencil brush allows you to soften and blend shadow around the lash lines, whilst the flat pencil brush works better for stamping on colour around the lashes or inner corners of the eyes. 

Finally, there are two angled brushes; a sharp one for carving out the perfect cat-eye liner, and a softer one that works a treat for smokey eyeliner or for defining the brows.

Best All Rounder

Spectrum Collections 10 Piece Essential Brush Set €55.00 Littlewoods

There isn’t one dud brush in the whole brush kit, each and every one of them is so useful. The 10-piece set has three brushes for the face that will work with powders and foundations. Plus, seven brushes for the eyes, ranging from a precise pencil tip, to a soft, buffing brush – so even serious beauty lovers will have all bases covered. Made with synthetic, ultra-soft bristles they’re 100% cruelty-free.